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Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu




Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu  – Mussels Stuffed with a ground rice and coconut paste, steamed and then fried. This is one very tasty Malabar Snack.   It gives the impression that it is hard to make, when in actuality it is not so difficult at all!  In the Malabar region, these are made on special occasions or for special guests. And being such ardent lovers of hospitality, you can be sure these snacks are made quite frequently

‘Kallumakkaya’ is the native word for Mussels. They are also known as ‘Kadukka’. ‘Nirachathu’ translated, means ‘Stuffed’. The dish is also sometimes called ‘Arikadukka’ – ‘Ari’  refers to the rice used for making the stuffing. Although I love it crisp an fried all on its own, some like to use a dipping sauce of some kind. Thousand Island dressing or Tartar Sauce are good choices

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Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

kozhi ada mini fried chicken dumplings

Kozhi Ada – Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

 

Hi everyone! Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thank you to all my blog readers who sent in comments and wishes.. I have been away for over a month and sadly had no access  ( or time) to post regularly.

I am now back and life has returned to it’s daily routines, but I might be a little slow to pick up on the recipes and videos.. you know one gets lazy after a long vacation. Today, I dusted off my laptop and decided to do a quick post just in case you are wondering where I have gone!

I will try to reply to all the comments asap on here and on my youtube channel asap!

So I was back in India for a very long vacation. We had a road trip through Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty, after which we had a bunch of weddings and lots of ‘busy’ happenings in Kerala. My whole family was there after a very long time. It was great, but now it seems like a dream.

Todays recipe, is a very popular Malabar Snack – KOZHI ADA and it goes great with your afternoon tea! These little bite sized fried dumplings are made with a spiced chicken filling. Quite easy to make, if you fancy something different today 🙂

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Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

Brik (Breek)

Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

No No, we are not into eating brick!  Brik (بريك) is a famous Tunisian  deep fried pastry. This is absolutely scrumptious, if you’ve never tried it before. This version (one of the more popular ones), has a filling of whole egg , seasoned tuna, onion, parsley and capers. Some versions add Harissa to spice things up, but here I  use the Tunisian spice mix ‘Tabil’.  You might compare it with a samosa, but the filling is entirely different … imagine cutting into the pastry and getting delicious oozilicious egg!! My kids are bonkers for oozy egg yolk, so they adore Brik!

brik recipe tunisia

Brik pastry is known as Malsouka ملسوقة  or Warka.Brik pastry is a very thin pastry that comes wrapped in cellophane. The thin, round sheets are made by slapping a sticky dough onto a hot non-stick surface in overlapping circles  and cooked for a short amount of time.

The tuna filling may be substituted with chicken, or minced meat. I will also be adding the recipe for ‘Swebaa Brik’ – Brik Fingers, soon which is finger sized spring roll shaped pastry with minced meat, egg and cheese filling. Thanks again to my friend Nadege for helping me with My Tunisian recipes.
Enjoy the Video.

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Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek | Recipes ‘R’ Simple

keema samosa

Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek

 

This a my favorite Keema Samosa Recipe! Quite easy to make, just takes some time, peeling the samosa pastry and filling them. I like to toss the wok and get some flaming action in there to get a deliciously smoky flavor! Trust me you will love these. I will post my home made samosa wrapper recipe soon, but samosa pastry is available in most good supermarkets.

keema samosa recipe

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Idli Manchurian |South Indian Chinese Makeover Recipe

idli manchurian

Idli Manchurian

Idli Manchurian

Idli Manchurian is  a great way to give the previous days Idli’s a yummy makeover. The staple South Indian Breakfast gets fancy. I love Idli occasionally for breakfast. However no one seems to be interested in having it two days in a row and I always seem to have 8-10 idllis leftover. Hurray.. transform the cold idli’s from the fridge into a savory snack or breakfast, the next day. If you are looking for a great spongy, soft , white Idli recipe, here is my favorite Idli Recipe.

idli manchurian recipe

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Bombay Ragda Pattice | Potato Patties with Peas Chaat Recipe

bombay ragda pattice

Bombay Ragda Pattice – Served with green Chutney and Garnish

ragda pattice aloo tikki chaat

Bombay Ragda Pattice  – Indian Chaat Recipe

 

Bombay Ragda Pattice is a delicious ‘Chaat’ dish that is a meal in itself. The ‘Ragda’ is a peas based gravy that is poured over potato tikkis and garnished with Chutneys, Onion and Coriander Leaves. Usually, white peas (Vatana) is used, but they can be made with the dried green peas too. ‘Pattice’ is the strangely accepted Anglo Indian Spelling of ‘Patties’. You will find all the Chat Stalls using this spelling for some reason. I feel this is one of those Chaat recipes that you can even make as weekend brunch. “Move over Hashbrowns and Eggs – It’s time to chat over some Chaat!” For an evening snack, you can add ‘Boondi’ or ‘Sev’ ( which are chick pea flour based fried toppings), although I don’t use them in the Ragda Pattice. Here is how I make this dish… with a little planning ahead and overnight soaking of the peas, it can be prepared very easily and quickly.

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Khandvi | Gujrati Besan Roll Snack Recipe

khandvi

Khandvi Recipe

KHANDVI RECIPE STEP BY STEP

Khandvi | Gujrati Besan Roll Snack

 

Khandvi is a a Gujarati Snack Roll made of Chickpea Flour (Besan) and Buttermilk. It is really easy to make,  The super smooth rolls are filled with savory or sweet coconut filling and seasoned lightly. I love how smooth and soft the rolls are. They just ‘dissolve’ in your mouth! And the best thing is this recipe requires very little oil.. so you can add it to your list  of Healthy Snacks!

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Uzhunnu Vada | Ulundu Vadai | Medu Vada | Urad Dal Fritters

Uzhunnu Vada

Uzhunnu Vada

Uzhunnu Vada | Ulundu Vadai | Medu Vada | Urad Dal Fritters (with slideshow)

Uzhunnu Vada  is my husbands favorite Indian Snack. Made of ground black gram dal (urad), it is very tasty. Crisp on the outside, soft and hot centre. So delicious served with chutney or sambar!

uzhunnu vada recipe

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Mushroom Melts Sandwich | Grilled Cheese Mushroom

mushroom melts sandwich

Mushroom Melts Sandwich | Grilled Cheese Mushroom

 

Mushroom Melts Sandwich – these sandwiches are full-o-flavor! I just love mushrooms, don’t you? The umami that they lend to a wide array of dishes is irreplaceable. I enjoy all sorts of mushrooms, but my favorite has gotta be the swiss brown mushrooms! They are reliable in most of my recipes, with just the right amount of umami oomph, and not pushing anyones buttons. So, this sandwich is something I came up with for a breakfast sandwich and it was a total winner. As I always do, I quickly jotted the amounts of things I used, because you know me – my memory is awful!  Another one for my recipe box. Keeper for sure. It’s quick and tasty – try it and let me know won’t you?

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Kanda Poha|Quick Indian Breakfast with Pressed Rice

kanda poha

Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha | Quick Indian Breakfast with Pressed Rice (Rice Flakes)

Kanda Poha is a quick and nutritious breakfast made with pressed rice. It is an absolute breeze to prepare and you can have a nice, hot and savory breakfast in a jiffy! Kanda refers to the chopped onions used in this dish. Potatos are often added to the dish as well, but I often skip this step if I am in a hurry. I tried cashews, peanuts and almonds for this recipe. I prefer the taste of peanuts. Although this is a staple Breakfast item, it makes for a great tea time snack as well!

Poha in other languages :(Poha – पोहा/Chivda -चिवड़ा/ Aval- அவல்/അവൽ)

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